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31 December 2021 | Salt Spring
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2021

31 December 2021 | Salt Spring
Jane Poulston | Sunny with snow
We hope that this blog/newsletter finds everyone happy and healthy and ready for the New Year. 2022 I feel is going to be a cracker, full of love and laughter and our hope is that we will see some of you again soon.

This last year has been very kind to us, even with Covid always hovering in the background. We feel very grateful. We have learnt to adapt to the new normal and now live a slightly quieter life. We have no travel plans booked for the near future, even when we make plans locally we seem to have to cancel them. However, our hope is to be able to spend next Christmas with family in New Zealand and Australia; with a trip to England hopefully in the spring. The last time we were in England was five years ago for my Mum's funeral. We only had two days, as we had commitments in New Zealand where we were living at the time. It is the longest I have ever been away from the UK.

So what have we been up to? We have been enjoying our new home and finishing off the last of the "to do list"; which I am sure will never end. It keeps Russell busy and he has completed some amazing projects. One is our woodshed that will now keep us in wood for years to come, another is recently putting the pool table back together and refelting it. He had a wonderful guys get together to celebrate, where they spent three days continuously playing different games while drinking the occasional beer. I took Poppy to visit the kids in Vancouver and left them to it.

I continue to play a lot of tennis, a game I really enjoy. I have made a wonderful group of tennis friends and we have a lot of fun playing together. In the summer we also played golf until I got "trigger thumb" which stopped play for quite a few months. At last I got a cortisone injection and was back playing by the fall. Taking Poppy for daily hikes and walks with friends seems to fill up my days. I feel so blessed to have so many trails to enjoy and for Poppy to explore off leash. Yoga has been put to one side as I still do not feel comfortable going into a Yoga studio, although I am hoping to start again when things settle down. Omicron currently is really making itself felt here in BC.

Poppy our "spoilt rotten" puppy has also brought us much love and joy. She is now nearly 15 months old, apparently we can call her a puppy until she is two. She certainly still acts like a puppy. We have a puppy date with five of her friends each morning at 9am unless I am playing tennis; which she loves. Then a couple of walks most days. She gets along with everyone and thankfully has pretty good manners unless over excited, where she still has a tendency to jump up. Luckily she is not very big at only 23lbs, but gets away with it way too often.

Apart from the occasional trip to Vancouver or the island we have not been away much because of Covid. However we did manage to get away on Madrona our trawler for six weeks in July and August. We went all the way up to the Broughton Islands, north of Desolation Sound, an area we had not explored before. It was stunning, although a lot cooler than we had expected. The weather was kind to us and we did not get the fog and wind that can be a problem so far north. Because the borders were closed we seemed to have the place to ourselves and when there was another boat around we instantly became friends. It was fun to check out the extensive cruising area, and we enjoyed fishing, crabbing and prawning. Edwin and his girlfriend Jessica joined us for a while. Both proved to be excellent at fishing and quickly helped fill up our freezer.

We had a long summer; which started early and ended late. It was magic. Long warm sunny days with thankfully not as many forest fires. We were on high alert here on Salt Spring having a huge water shortage. Our home is on a communal well system and we have our own well for irrigation.
Thankfully everyone was being very careful.

Then winter came, overnight it seemed, and as I write this we have new snow outside. Yes we woke Christmas day to snow, so special, I love it. Amy, Edwin and his girlfriend Jessica were with us so a totally different Christmas to last year thank goodness. Amy's partner Luke was with his family in North Vancouver. Amy was here for a week and Edwin four days, so we had lots of time together. They are both doing really well. Edwin is still at Aquabus and Amy works remotely for a company in Vancouver; which means that she works here when she wants a change of pace.

I will add lots of pictures to our blog. Please just check out the gallery at the top of the blog, then pick 2021 and when you click on a picture it will give you more information.

I meant to write this before Christmas, but yet again it seems to have become a New Year blog. Hoping that everyone had a very festive Christmas and that the New Year brings you all great happiness and a more Covid free year.

Live, laugh, love and be happy

With much love

Jane and Russell
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Vessel Name: Ta-B
Vessel Make/Model: Fontaine Pajot 46' Bahia Maestro
Hailing Port: Vancouver, Canada
Crew: Jane and Russell Poulston
About: We feel we are the perfect blend of Britain (Jane) and New Zealand (Russell), although our home for the last 31 years has been Vancouver, Canada. We have two terrific kids, Amy and Edwin, who are boy/girl twins and now 31 years old.
Extra:
Our sailing dreams were somewhat flexible. We spent our first two years in the Caribbean before crossing the Atlantic. We then spent five years in the Med before returning to the Caribbean for a couple of years. Lastly we crossed the Pacific and after two years sold our boat in Fiji. Ta-b now is [...]
Ta-B's Photos - Last Bonaire Fish Pictures (Main)
Various pictures of our year in 2021
27 Photos
Created 31 December 2021
Roll on 2021
23 Photos
Created 30 December 2020
Salt Spring Time
14 Photos
Created 26 October 2019
Stages of building our new home
25 Photos
Created 26 October 2019
Special trip to Japan with Amy
15 Photos
Created 26 October 2019
Palm Springs Road Trip
6 Photos
Created 26 October 2019
Special party
10 Photos
Created 26 October 2019
Pictures from Salt Spring
17 Photos
Created 15 September 2018
Salt Spring Island
15 Photos
Created 22 December 2017
Snorkeling Time with my Fishie friends
13 Photos
Created 23 November 2017
Fiji with Edwin and Iva on board
27 Photos
Created 23 November 2017
Fiji with Amy and Luke onboard
13 Photos
Created 23 November 2017
New Caledonia
14 Photos
Created 14 September 2017
Vanuatu
34 Photos
Created 22 August 2017
Fabulous Fulaga and island picnic
25 Photos
Created 16 July 2017
Fiji
17 Photos
Created 16 July 2017
Goodbye New Zealand
18 Photos
Created 16 May 2017
New Zealand Road Trip
31 Photos
Created 27 March 2017
Family Time Down Under
35 Photos
Created 30 January 2017
New Zealand
15 Photos
Created 20 December 2016
Tonga
16 Photos
Created 11 November 2016
Niue
23 Photos
Created 18 October 2016
The Cook Islands
29 Photos
Created 15 October 2016
Taaha to Maupiti
22 Photos
Created 6 September 2016
Tahiti to Huahine
34 Photos
Created 19 August 2016
Tuamotus or Tomatoes
20 Photos
Created 18 July 2016
Pacific to Marquesas
17 Photos
Created 31 May 2016
More from Galapagos
26 Photos
Created 22 May 2016
Panama and the Galapagos
38 Photos
Created 14 April 2016
Cuba to San Blas
41 Photos
Created 2 March 2016
Havana
29 Photos
Created 15 January 2016
Trinidad
21 Photos
Created 15 January 2016
Cuba south coast
27 Photos
Created 15 January 2016
Belize
21 Photos
Created 27 December 2015
Adiós Guatemala
20 Photos
Created 15 November 2015
44 Photos
Created 25 October 2015
More Land Time
11 Photos
Created 26 August 2015
Summer in Vancouver and BC
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Created 26 August 2015
Rio Dulce May 2015
23 Photos
Created 18 June 2015
Honduras
26 Photos
Created 15 June 2015
Provencia
9 Photos
Created 2 April 2015
San Blas Islands
38 Photos
Created 2 April 2015
Cartagena
26 Photos
Created 1 March 2015
Curacao and Santa Marta
40 Photos
Created 1 March 2015
Vancouver
20 Photos
Created 1 February 2015
Australia and New Zealand
38 Photos
Created 1 January 2015
Lovely Bonaire
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Created 29 October 2014
Puerto Rico and the Spanish Virgin Islands
32 Photos
Created 11 September 2014
British and US Virgin Islands
36 Photos
Created 29 July 2014
St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands
39 Photos
Created 24 June 2014
Guadaloupe and Antigua
32 Photos
Created 9 May 2014
Dominica
32 Photos
Created 3 April 2014
Martinique
41 Photos
Created 12 March 2014
Grenadines and Carriacou
26 Photos
Created 19 February 2014
Atlantic and Barbados
62 Photos
Created 5 January 2014
Now back to the Caribbean
27 Photos
Created 26 November 2013
Menorca to Canaries
23 Photos
Created 1 November 2013
Sicily and Sardinia
18 Photos
Created 4 September 2013
Jamie's pictures
17 Photos
Created 12 August 2013
Croatia, Montenegro and Ionian
46 Photos
Created 12 August 2013
Russell's Pictures
36 Photos
Created 30 June 2013
Venice and Croatia
50 Photos
Created 29 June 2013
Greece
50 Photos
Created 26 May 2013
Vancouver and Turkey
11 Photos
Created 1 May 2013
Land time in Canada
26 Photos
Created 26 March 2013
Ephesus and Gallipoli
17 Photos
Created 9 December 2012
Turkey and England
22 Photos
Created 28 October 2012
Cyprus and Southern Turkey
41 Photos
Created 23 September 2012
Jordan and Jerusalem
52 Photos
Created 15 July 2012
EMYR Group 3 Boats
7 Photos
Created 15 July 2012
EMYR Last Leg
30 Photos
Created 15 July 2012
25 Photos
Created 4 June 2012
EMYR Turkey
34 Photos
Created 2 June 2012
March and April
20 Photos
Created 2 May 2012
Australia and New Zealand
43 Photos
Created 1 March 2012
November to January 2012
26 Photos
Created 22 January 2012
Yoga and Boops visit, plus some older pictures from October
65 Photos
Created 9 November 2011
West and Evans Trips
22 Photos
Created 11 October 2011
Trip back south
25 Photos
Created 26 September 2011
Heading North
47 Photos
Created 6 August 2011
29 Photos
Created 4 July 2011
Happy Days in Marmaris
11 Photos
Created 4 July 2011
7 Photos
Created 10 May 2011
March trip to Capadocia
41 Photos
Created 10 May 2011
Landtime
9 Photos
Created 9 February 2011
Salerno to Marmaris
50 Photos
Created 6 November 2010
Sardinia, Ponza, Procida, Capri and Amalfi
36 Photos
Created 18 September 2010
21 Photos
Created 11 August 2010
11 Photos
Created 8 July 2010
Europe April-June
17 Photos
Created 17 June 2010
20 Photos
Created 21 March 2010
33 Photos
Created 7 November 2009
26 Photos
Created 8 September 2009
Jamie visit
20 Photos
Created 11 August 2009
23 Photos
Created 27 July 2009
Azores to Lagos
20 Photos
Created 1 July 2009
Bermuda to the Azores
17 Photos
Created 8 June 2009
Bermuda
12 Photos
Created 16 May 2009
Trip with Kim and Cam
22 Photos
Created 13 May 2009
St. Martin
15 Photos
Created 1 May 2009
32 Photos
Created 28 February 2009
Virgin Islands
19 Photos
Created 29 January 2009
34 Photos
Created 9 January 2009
11 Photos
Created 9 January 2009
24 Photos
Created 12 December 2008
Trip back home and on the hard
10 Photos
Created 11 December 2008
24 Photos
Created 14 October 2008
15 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 24 September 2008
48 Photos
Created 24 September 2008
11 Photos
Created 24 August 2008
First few weeks in Bonaire
15 Photos
Created 24 August 2008
25 Photos
Created 28 July 2008
12 Photos
Created 5 July 2008
7 Photos
Created 2 June 2008
Still in St. Martin
9 Photos
Created 2 June 2008
24 Photos
Created 7 May 2008
6 Photos
Created 7 May 2008
14 Photos
Created 8 April 2008
Libby and Adrian's visit. Antigua and Barbuda
19 Photos
Created 27 March 2008
21 Photos
Created 14 March 2008
9 Photos
Created 20 February 2008
18 Photos
Created 7 February 2008
13 Photos
Created 28 January 2008
10 Photos
Created 28 January 2008
19 Photos
Created 6 January 2008
Pictures of Ta-b
5 Photos
Created 19 December 2007
Trinidad to Grenada
13 Photos
Created 19 December 2007
11 Photos
Created 6 December 2007